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#1 Bob LaFleur

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:26 AM

An aluminum downspout hanger makes a pretty good solar alignment tool.  Can't beat the price and they are available at any decent hardware store.  Not even really a DYI project - the holes are already drilled. 

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:35 AM

Please elaborate.  Sketch?  Picture?



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:45 AM

Excellent !



#4 Bob LaFleur

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:46 AM

Picture added - just align the light from the hole on one side onto the hole on the other side until it looks like a mini total eclipse.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:43 AM

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:00 AM

Yesterday at Lowes they had solar glasses for sale at the register for the eclipse.



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Posted 01 August 2017 - 03:19 PM

An aluminum downspout hanger makes a pretty good solar alignment tool.  Can't beat the price and they are available at any decent hardware store.  Not even really a DYI project - the holes are already drilled. 

 

Bob

That's sheer genius! I went to Home Depot today and picked up two of them. Mounted it on my scope with velcro. Works like a charm! Thanks for the great idea!

 Gerry



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:47 PM

I got a couple of those too and I drilled out the holes on the bottom and mounted it to the top screws on my OTA mounting ring.  I de-burred the sighting holes to clean up the image.  Easy to adjust and very firmly mounted.  Thanks for posting the idea.  This is classic "thinking outside the box" there Bob.

 "I LIKE IT !!!!!"

 

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:04 PM

Up close.....

 

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#10 JoseMenudo

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:25 AM

when u get long time use in solar, you can use the mounting ring shadow as your solar finder.

$0.98 is hard to beat!

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 08:27 AM

when u get long time use in solar, you can use the mounting ring shadow as your solar finder.

$0.98 is hard to beat!

I guess I'm a little thick, don't get it? How does it work?



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

 

when u get long time use in solar, you can use the mounting ring shadow as your solar finder.

$0.98 is hard to beat!

I guess I'm a little thick, don't get it? How does it work?

 

My steps:

  1. Not looking at the Sun, align the body of the hanger by looking through the two holes.
  2. Use the goto to get approximately where the Sun is. 
  3. Look at the shadow that is cast on the "back" side of the hanger. You should see a bright spot from the hole in front and the shadow that is cast by the front.
  4. Move the telescope so that the bright spot to gets to the backside hole.
  5. If you see the Sun in your eyepiece, there there!
  6. If not, you will have to scan the bright spot around the hole.
  7. Once you find where the bright spot is and where the Sun can be seen in the eyepiece, now move the hanger so that the bright spot and the backside hole are at the same location. Done!

 

cytan


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:42 PM

The .98 solar finder worked perfectly for the eclipse.  The sun was in the telescope the first time and it required very little adjustment.  The sun showing on the shade was a plus.   Thanks for the idea.  (^8

 

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BTW...We had almost perfect weather in Huntington, Oregon.  What a show !!!!!!

 

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 04:19 PM

Mine worked great, too. No more solar observing than I do normally, it's more than good enough. I put a plastic disc 'target' cut from Sintra board on the back, little rubber feet under it and used a Velcro strap to anchor it around the dew shield of my 80mm refractor.

 

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